Are you ready to make a baby, but things aren’t quite going your way?
Most of your life you are trying NOT to get pregnant and when you are ready to go it can seem like things aren’t quite happening. At least that is how it’s going for my situation as of late.
Some couples are fertile myrtle and can get pregnant the first go at it, while others like my husband and I struggle to get a positive pregnancy result.
It took us a good year to get pregnant with my daughter and now here we are again trying to get pregnant with baby #2 with little luck after trying for a good 6 months. With Reese, we were told to go to a fertility specialist and booked our first appointment. I booked it reluctantly, but was ready to consider the options. Thankfully that was the same month I got pregnant and I happily canceled that consultation. Sadly, that is not always the case for women who are trying to start a family.
The trying to conceive chapter of life is stressful no doubt. It’s an emotional roller coaster especially when others around you are getting pregnant. You are very happy for them, but also a bit sad for your own selfish reasons. It’s human nature. I give myself one-two days to be sad wallowing around the house after a negative pregnancy test and then I get back to living my life.
As a some-what control freak (I am working on it!), this whole process drives me insane. When I want something, I want it now; However, this is one area that I really can’t control 100%.
Thank goodness for medical and health advances to help increase the odds of getting pregnant. There are certain tips and tricks that I want to share with you and remind myself that will help boost fertility. Of course, there are no guarantees, but I am willing to learn about ways to help get pregnant before I have to shell out thousands of dollars for expensive fertility treatments.
5 Ways to Increase Your Odds of Getting Pregnant Now
Staying healthy is paramount when you are trying to conceive. Exercise, eat well, and take your vitamins. Good nutrition and exercise improve your chances of conception. Obesity and smoking can contribute to infertility.
Timing is Everything
You only have 12-24 hours for the sperm to meet the released egg. That is such a small window so to help you pin down that time consider using an ovulation predictor kit and then do everything you can do get to “it”! Do what you can to make baby-making time a priority around your ovulation time.
Consider The Stork OTC Conception Aid
The Stork OTC is a new conception aid that delivers the sperm closer to the egg in a safe and easy way in the privacy of your own home. The Stork OTC utilizes cervical cap insemination, giving couples the ability to use this technique in the privacy of home, without a prescription.
The Stork OTC can be a first-step treatment option for couples before more invasive procedures are considered; bridging the gap between natural intercourse and costly, in-vitro treatment options (i.e., IUI or IVF). The Stork OTC collects semen into the cervical cap with a condom-like sheath (the Conceptacle) worn during intercourse (or alternatively, donor sperm can be used with the device). The sperm is then delivered to the opening of the cervix by way of the applicator. The cap remains in place for up to 6 hours, after which it is removed with a simple tampon-like pull chord.
Here are The Stork OTC frequently asked questions if you are curious to learn more about this new product. You can purchase The Stork OTC online or at the following retailers: Target, Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.
Relax & Reconnect
I struggle with finding time to relax especially this time around when I have a small child in the house that is very energetic. What is relaxation once you are already a parent, but it is important to find. Society tells us that we must be busy, busy, busy all the time. Avoid such stressors and focus on you and your partner. Practice saying ‘no’ to activities that drain you both mentally and physically. If you have kids and need some alone time with your partner, hire a sitter and spend some time simply reconnecting. Turn off the phones, get off social media and for the love of all that is good, please stop comparing yourself to everyone else.
Go to your Happy Place
It’s amazing how much power your brain has over your body. A bad mood combined with stress is a recipe for infertility struggle. Especially if you start to compare your situation to those around you like I mentioned above. All it takes is logging on to social media to see the ‘perfect happy family’ photos to put you in a mental tailspin, but don’t fall for it. We are all guilty of only talking about the happy parts of our lives online. Everyone struggles with something. That being said, find a good support system and activities that make YOU happy. If you aren’t happy then it can be hard for anyone else to be happy around you.
Never lose hope that you will get the family that you so want and deserve. Infertility can put a strain on your relationship. Focus on your great life and make baby-making fun again.I am sending internet baby dust your way and praying that you will get the best news you have ever received.
What is the hardest part about trying to get pregnant for you and your family? Do you find it harder to get pregnant with the 2nd child?
(Disclaimer: I am not a health professional, rather a person trying to get pregnant, so ALWAYS check with your health professional regarding your own health and baby-making journey!)